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Does This Photo Show a Boy with a Fork Through His Nose?

A child's nose was impaled by a fork during a freak accident at a restaurant.

Published July 31, 2007

Photographs show a boy whose nose has been impaled with a fork.

In July 2007 we began receiving photographs, without any explanatory text, that presumably documented the case of a young boy who somehow managed to impale his nose with a fork, with the first picture (taken in an emergency room or doctor's office) showing him before medical treatment, and the second showing him some time later after the fork had been removed and his injury had begun to heal:

Mom said don't run with scissors ... but didn't mention a fork.



We managed to get in touch with the boy's mother, who confirmed for us that those presumptions were correct:

It's real. Happened July 11th in Minneapolis at a chinese buffet restaurant. He was climbing into the booth and fell while holding his fork in his hand. When the waiter picked him up from under the table the fork was through his nose. There was only a little blood because the fork tines missed all of the cartilage in his nose (Thank God). The one picture is from the ER and the other picture is two days later at home. The ER doctor and ENT doctor we saw the following day said that they had never seen this before and that we were pretty lucky that the fork went up and out through his nose. We saved the fork and this picture for him to see when he gets older. We emailed the pics to our family, coworkers and friends and now they are all over the internet. Live and learn I guess.

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